THE fate of a restaurant in Hanwell which has been a persistent headache for residents and police could be decided at a licensing sub-committee next week.
Carthage Restaurant in Uxbridge Road will be the subject of a licence review at Ealing Town Hall next Tuesday (September 17).
Ealing Council called an emergency meeting, at the request of police, to suspend the site’s licence after a vicious incident in late June in which a man was glassed in the face.
A damning report has gone to the sub-committee, chronicling the numerous incidents at the site since it was first granted a licence in 2010.
There have already been at least 10 complaints made this year by residents over noise and disturbance at the restaurant, which police say is used mostly for late-night drinking. There were also incidents of criminal damage in 2011 and 2012.
A statement from Sergeant Graham Edwards, Ealing Police, said the licence owner, Fethi Ben Louati, was extremely drunk on the night of the incident in June.
Mr Edwards said: "To the sober officers in attendance he was clearly very drunk, slurring his words whilst police spoke to him. As the officers were dealing with this incident Mr Louati became very aggressive and started swearing very loudly out on the street at one of his patrons.
"He had to be calmed down by police and narrowly avoided being arrested himself for a public order matter.
"Police have come into contact with Mr Louati on previous occasions and have, in the past, found him to be of a violent disposition."
The report to committee also contains statements from residents living nearby who have had to tolerate regular noise and disruption.
One statement said: "I no longer go out late at night due to drunken people standing at my front door and my daughter does not invite friends to stay over as she is worried about what they will think of the noise.
"The problems got so bad that my husband had to sleep downstairs by the front door at night for three weeks when our front door was broken as my 14-year-old daughter was scared to sleep. I am unable to go onto and often do not sleep at all during the night due to the level of noise coming from the Carthage."